Last name origins & meanings:
- Italian: from the personal name Chino, a short form of
Franceschino, a diminutive of Francesco (see
- Spanish: ethnic name for somebody from China, or
possibly also nickname for someone thought to bear a resemblance to
Chinese or Asian people.
- Japanese: in modern times this name
is written with characters meaning ‘field of miscanthus reeds’, but
there could be an ancient connection to the name Chinu, which
is recorded in the Shinsen shōjiroku with a character meaning
‘strange’ or ‘unusual’ but actually may have denoted the reeds.
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